Mario Moore: Responding to History
LSU MOA is pleased to present Mario Moore: Responding to History. Featuring two paintings and two drawings, the showing provides an in-depth look at Moore’s nuanced artwork During and After the Battle. At over five feet by six feet, the large-scale artwork offers much to contemplate. The painting within the painting makes this work even more intriguing. A product of a collaboration with fellow artist Mark Gibson, During and After the Battle responds to classical painting traditions, American history, and the Civil War, and reflects on the past and the present. Mario Moore: Responding to History also includes Gibson’s painting Battle of Antietam, which gives visitors another view into Moore’s process for During and After the Battle.
Moore recently had an exhibition of his work at the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana entitled A New Republic, which included a series of paintings depicting Civil War scenes placed in contemporary settings. Drawing influences from Peter Paul Rubens, During and After the Battle realistically depicts the violence of the Civil War and references elements of Black masculinity.